In the Winter Dark

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Pan Macmillan, Jun 24, 2011 - Fiction - 140 pages
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When a man dreams things from the past, you’d think he’d be able to rearrange them in new sequences to please himself. But no. In my dreams, it all happens as it happened, and I see it and be it again and again and the confusion never wears off.

People drift to the valley called the Sink out of loneliness, hardship or an affinity with the land. It is an isolated place, with a swamp and an old white bridge and the forest encroaching from all sides. The solitude is tangible. But when a mysterious creature is suddenly on the loose, killing livestock and preying on everyone’s deepest fears, four inhabitants find themselves unexpectedly in one another’s company – with chilling results.

‘Tim Winton’s raw and vibrant language makes the senses jump . . . concentrated, passionate, invigorating writing’ Independent on Sunday

‘A major work by anyone’s standards . . . mysterious, painful and beautiful’ Washington Post

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Dark is right. The characters and the landscape are full of dreams that mock their inability to know what they want from life, let alone have the courage to strive for it. The girl is in the same mould - although more "feral" than the older inghabitants of the valley (portraying the reality that each generation is gettting less "fit" for any life). The fear of the other feral, the big cat, also drives the characters to even more callow behaviour.
All the characters such pathetic creatures that their death or probable future imprisonment seems meaningless.
Without one character to care about, I did not care for the book despite its powerful prose and clever swapping of narrator as the action unfolds.

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Nobody does tension and suspense like Tim Winton - this book skipped along and was a thoroughly enjoyable read in Mr Winton's usual well-crafted language. The group of four characters were relate-able ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Tim Winton was born in Perth in 1960 and has written novels, collections of stories, non-fiction and books for children. He has been twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for The Riders (1995) and Dirt Music (2002).

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